At The Inkwell: A Journey Through History

At the Inkwell Denver returns on Saturday, February 8th with Important Words: Readings by Rafala, Stavropoulos, Torres, and Nader-French, followed by a presentation by Clint Carroll: Knowing the Land: A Presentation on the Cherokee Environmental Leadership Program.. Hosted and organized by Hillary Leftwich.  

Marco Rafalà is a first-generation Sicilian American novelist, musician, and writer for award-winning tabletop role-playing games. He earned his MFA in Fiction from The New School and is a co-curator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in New York City. Born in Middletown, Connecticut, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York. How Fires End is his debut novel.

Clint Carroll is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his doctorate from the University of California Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Anthropology, with a minor in American Indian Studies. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, he works closely with Cherokee people in Oklahoma on issues of land conservation and the perpetuation of land-based knowledge and ways of life. His book, Roots of Our Renewal: Ethnobotany and Cherokee Environmental Governance (2015, University of Minnesota Press), explores how tribal natural resource managers navigate the material and structural conditions of settler colonialism, as well as how recent efforts in cultural revitalization are informing such practices through traditional forms of decision-making and local environmental knowledge.

“Knowing the Land is a research and education project funded by the National Science Foundation that seeks to understand the relationship between access to natural resources, environmental knowledge, climate change, and land conservation in the Cherokee Nation. The three-year education program is partnered with Cherokee elders to train a cohort of Cherokee students to take on the complex cultural and environmental challenges that Indigenous peoples face today, including the loss of language and land-based ways of life that define our peoplehood and maintain our relationship to the natural world. Our hope is to combine the teaching of these cultural aspects with an education on the social and political aspects of tribal land management and conservation in order to promote the cultural resilience and overall well-being of Cherokee people.”

Ivette Frida Torres is an artist and Colorado native. She has received degrees from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Ivette's sculpture has been published in Confluencia Literary Journal, exhibited at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and privately commissioned. She is currently working on a mixed-media manuscript exploring her and her famila's rich Indigenous heritage.

Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Pavlos Stavropoulos currently resides in Colorado, USA, works in social and environmental justice education, writes queer speculative fiction, and translates Greek literature into English. A 2018 Princeton Hellenic Translation Workshop and 2018-2020 Lighthouse Book Project participant, pavlos has translations published or forthcoming at Asymptote, Exchanges, New Poetry in Translation, Denver Quarterly, and Timber.

Nawal Nader-French's poems appear or are forthcoming in RHINO, Fence, Texas Review, Bayou Magazine, AMP Hofstra, Grist Journal Rogue Agent, The and elsewhere. Her poem “That I remember” was nominated Sundress Publications' 2017 Best of the Net. Her manuscript, A Hemmed Remnant was a finalist in the 2018 Ron Sillerman Prize for African Poets by the University of Nebraska Press and a finalist in the 2018 Brigham Award through Lost Roads. Nawal earned an MFA in Poetry from the Mile-High MFA at Regis University and is an adjunct professor in Front Range Community College’s Department of English. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Inverted Syntax: An Art and Literary Journal.

Event date: 
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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Published: Civil Coping Mechanisms - October 7th, 2019